One of the things I love most about spring is that it is a season of hope. With the arrival of spring officially yesterday we can cautiously put away our winter clothes and think about wearing shorts and tank tops and having our lunches in the sun and taking walks after dinner. I know those things excite me!
Research has been done over the years about how challenging winter is for many people, so much so that they’ve given it a name: seasonal affective disorder. You’ve probably heard about it and may know someone who deals with it or struggle with it yourself. So when spring rolls around it’s a fresh breath of air for these people especially, and for all of us too.
Not only am I thankful today for the arrival of spring, I’m thankful for the people in the world who are called to make people happy, to encourage them, and to cheer them up. I’m not talking about the people who are considered “comics” or the shows that are “comedies.” Yes, they have their own place in things and sometimes the break they offer is what you want. But the people I’m talking about are those who make you smile when you see them or they call, the people who brighten every day, the people who always have something good to say, and those who can see some good in just about everything.
You may not think you’re that person, and maybe you’re not always or often that person. But each of us can be the bright light if we so choose to be. Your light and hope may be what someone needs to choose to live another day, or just the little hope that they need to try again tomorrow.
“The greatest gift that you can give to others is to be happy and hopeful yourself; then you draw them up out of their despondency.” Dr. Edward Bach